ANEXO. Saúl Sánchez. Pato o Conejo
15/Sep/2011 - 12/Nov/2011
Gallery Espacio Mínimo begins this season with a new series of special projects and collaborations with foreign galleries in its ANEXO location (Doctor Fourquet 18, in front of the gallery) with the intention to revamp its program.
In the last years, the work of SAÚL SÁNCHEZ has focused in the study of spatial conditions on a formal and conceptual level. Departing from this projects that were developed using painting and its expansive possibilities, he tries to reflect in depth into learning schemes, crossings between hegemonic and subaltern experiences, and universes inhabited by power and its meanings.
Duck or Rabbit, the most recent project by SAÚL SÁNCHEZ, carefully entwines different lines of investigation: painting, perception, exhibitionism and visual illusions.
Usually, painting is magnified in relation to other artistic disciplines such as video or installation, painting bears a mysterious and captivating poetic quality which quickly absorbs the senses. Thinking about this kind of technical favoritism, SÁNCHEZ presents a dichotomy between painting and video projection in a series of hidden paintings and video projections of these paintings over an empty canvas. In this way, he emphasizes the value of the image over the material production of a painting.
The subject of perception is a complex one. However, SÁNCHEZ doesn’t try to elaborate a discourse around perception main issues, but instead, he is interested in the way we experience images and their medium, ultimately he inquires how we trust in images although we know that they often behave like absent figures in our live.
Using the hidden paintings as a formal excuse that depict exhibitionist animal behaviors, SÁNCHEZ questions the ambiguous significance of exhibition and exhibitionism, that in the sphere of an art gallery it allows him to set out a position on seen and been seen.
All that glitters is not gold, and things aren’t always as they seem, are phrases of popular culture that allow us to suspect that we cannot always trust in what we see, or in the way things present themselves. A box held by a slim and elegant golden branch turn into a perfect example of the deceptive shadows that inhabit of our everyday experience.